The second type of cupcakes baked for the SPCA cupcake day was the all-time fav choc cupcakes with white icing. Simple and easy to make. its like brownie meets moist cake!

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
Sprinkles (optional)

Method

Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.

Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.

Pour batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then spread with White Icing using a table knife or small offset spatula. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

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Recipe for White Icing

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 pound (3 2/3 cups) confectioners’ sugar

1 to 2 tablespoons milk (optional)

Method

In a mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth.

Gradually add confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. If too thick to spread, beat in 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.

Happy Munching!

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I’ve been busy this whole week doing a lot of baking. I’ve got quite a few posts queued up. so lets start from the start of the week.

Monday was SPCA cupcake day and i had volunteered to bake some cupcakes for M’s office. it was choc cupcakes with white icing and choc chunk cookie cupcakes.

IMG_3372Recipe for Choc Chunk Cookie Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup whole milk

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line 2 standard 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

Put butter and sugars into the bowl and mix with electric beater until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the milk. Stir in chocolate chunks with a rubber spatula.

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Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each muffin cup. Bake until pale golden and a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to wire racks; let cool completely.

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Cupcakes ready. Happy Munching!

I had randomly entered a competition for Ultimate Baby Feeding Pack last month or so. and then totally forgot about it. until i got an email one afternoon last week, a few days after Eid. and guess what?!! i had won the competition! yes i won i wonn!! i was super excited! i just could not stop talking about it the whole evening. and in my sleep too!

Finally yesterday my prize arrived. Well actually B’s prize. Yes the perfect Eidi M n i could have ever given our B. Wattie’s feeding essentials like spoons, bowls, storage pots, sippy cup, spoon and bowl sets, loads and loads of assorted food jars and cans, 20 or so varieties of food pouches, bibs..and the best, Philips steamer/blender and Mocka wooden high chair!! $650 worth of stuff!! i still can’t believe i won all this! all these years i must have entered countless competitions but no luck. and just when i randomly enter a competition with no intentions of winning, luck hits me. big time! Happy happy. 🙂

Waiting for the weekend to assemble the high chair and see B having his first meal in it!! and taking loads of pics ofcourse! 🙂

Thank you Wattie’s for baby for this awesome gift!

P.S. for all of you who are pregnant, or have already delivered, click here and enter this monthly competition.

Last time i had mentioned that i had baked a carrot cake for Eid, but for some reason did not post the recipe then. I wonder why?! hmm….

Anyways so here’s the recipe for the few who messaged me for it.

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Ingredients

3/4 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup wholemeal flour
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup Raw Sugar (blitz in your food processor for smaller crystal size)
3 large eggs
1 cup sunflower or canola oil
1 tsp Vanilla essence
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups grated carrot
1/2 cup sultanas or raisins
2 Tbsp desiccated coconut

Cream Cheese Icing

125g cream cheese, softened ( i used the Philadelphia block)
50g butter, softened
2 1/2 cups Icing Sugar or Lemon Flavoured Icing

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Sift flours, spices and soda into a large mixing bowl. Add all remaining ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined, don’t beat.
Line a 20 x 23cm cake tin (6 cm deep) with baking paper and grease well. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface. The cake is cooked when a skewer is inserted into the centre of the cake and the skewer comes out clean. It takes approx 30 mins to bake, depending on your oven heat settings. Remove from the oven and cool then remove from the cake tin and peel away the paper.

Cream Cheese Icing

Beat all the ingredients together until smooth Icing consistency. Spread over top of cake.

Your cake’s ready! Happy Eating!

 

thank-you

Just a short post to tell YOU a BIG thank you!!

It feels so great when people personally tell me that they read my blogs regularly and like them. it gives me such a warm feeling to know that they actually wait for my next blog!

Honestly i had started my blog after i got married and shifted here to NZ. i was searching for jobs and M insisted i start blogging about interior design to help make contacts and get noticed (and i must admit, it helped). and also to stay busy. i was never fond of writing in school or in uni so i just started with pictorial blogs about interior design. then slowly categories like cooking got added to it. i started blogging more about stuff i like. Family got added. and now recently Lil B.

Chocoholic Affairs is about what my life revolves around. What i love. My life. Me. 52 posts, 30 blog followers and 60+ likes so far, i now enjoy blogging. thank you all for liking my blog! it just makes me want to blog more. not for myself, but for you!